Open Source Adoption and Quality -
Dealing with OSS readiness and practical adoption experiences

Call for Papers in text Version

A number of organisations are currently adopting Open Source practices and products, and for a number of reasons. One motivation is a perception, often backed by experience, of benefits in terms of quality. Reasons for adoption tend to be pragmatic, and today we find Open Source being used in a number of different organisational contexts.

It is apparent that there are a number of Open Source success stories, with products widely adopted in commercial and public sector organisations. The collaborative development model of Open Source brings with it new ways of working which organisations need to adapt to. There is need for further research on a number of issues related to the adoption of Open Source practices and products. For example, adoption of Open Source typically brings with it a need for inter-organisational interaction between individuals and stakeholders from differing communities.

In this track we solicit contributions, in terms of rigorous research on Open Source adoption and quality, as well as practical experience reports.

Submission Instructions

Submissions are invited for original research papers and proposals for tutorials, workshops, panels, or demonstrations. The official language of the conference is English.

Full papers should be between 3000-4000 words including references, following the template provided in the Author's Kit section. Each submission must include a cover page with the full title of the paper and the names of all authors. The body of the paper should include title, abstract, list of keywords and a complete list of references.

Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings. All submissions should be submitted electronically in either .odt (, .rtf, .doc, .pdf or LATEX format through the track submissions system.

Important Deadlines:

January 3rd, 2008 Extended Submission of Research Papers
February 22nd, 2008 Results to Authors
April 3rd, 2008 Camera Ready due
7-10 September 2008 OSS2008 Conference in Milan

Track Committee

Paul A. David
Stanford/Oxford University, USA/UK
Joseph Feller
UCC, Ireland
Pat Finnegan
UCC, Ireland
Brian Fitzgerald
Lero, University of Limerick, Ireland
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh
MERIT Netherlands
Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Stefan Koch
University of Economics and BA, Austria
Jean Pierre Laisne
ObjectWeb, France
Frank van der Linden
Philips, The Netherlands
Pentti Marttin
Nokia Siemens Networks, Finland
Martin Michlmayr
HP, Austria
Bülent Özel
Instanbul Bilgi University, Turkey
Diomidis Spinellis
Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Tony Wasserman
Carnegie-Mellon West, USA
The committee is not complete and has to be finalized.

Track Chair: Björn Lundell

Dr. Björn Lundell has been researching the Open Source phenomenon for a number of years. He co-lead a work package in the EU FP6 CALIBRE project (2004-2006) and is currently the technical manager in the industrial (ITEA) research project COSI (2005-2008), involving analysis of the adoption of Open Source practices within companies. His research is reported in over 50 publications in a variety of international journals and conferences. He is a founding member of the IFIP Working Group 2.13 on Open Source Software, and the founding chair of Open Source Sweden, an industry association established by Swedish Open Source companies. He is the organiser of the Fifth International Conference of Open Source Systems (OSS 2009), which is to be held in Skövde, Sweden. In addition, his research has also included fundamental research on evaluation, and associated method support.
Björn Lundell


  • Sep 12th, 2008

    Available talks' slides has been published.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

    Errata Corrige: the poster list has been upodated.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

    Ernesto Damiani's new Keynote: Trends in Open Source Assurance.

  • Aug 18th, 2008

    TOSS 2008 workshop has been canceled.

  • Jul 28th, 2008

    Conference Program has been changed.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

    Joint Invited Talk: Francesco Pizzetti, President of the Italian Data Protection Authority.

  • Oct 5th, 2007

    Web site published.